News 1 Apr 2010

World MX: Glen Helen added to Motocross GP calendar

Yesterday a five year contract was signed between Youthstream and Glen Helen Raceway for the organisation of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Grand Prix of the United States of America.

The 2010 Grand Prix of USA is to be held on 29-30 May 2010 at Glen Helen Raceway, one of the most famous and historical Motocross circuits in USA and Youthstream is very proud to be bringing the FIM Motocross World Championship back to this prestigious venue in California.

“Today is a fantastic day for the whole Motocross world,” Giuseppe Luongo, president of Youthstream, said. “I want to really thank Mr. Bud Feldkamp for his trust and enthusiasm towards us so that the FIM Motocross can return to this great venue in the USA.

“Being near the industry’s and teams’ bases the location of the Glen Helen Raceway couldn’t be better. We are sure that together we will build a fantastic and stable event for those who come to the event and for those who will follow it via internet and television.

“Naturally all the top World Championship MX1 and MX2 riders will be participating and all the top American riders are very welcome, altogether we will make the ‘Race of the Century’.

“We don’t have much time to organize everything for the 2010 Grand Prix but we trust in the experience of the Glen Helen Raceway staff, FIM, AMA, the Youthstream staff and all our partners to organize the travel and to promote the event.

“Finally I would like to thank the FIM and AMA for their support, just as I would like to thank like all the other professional people and fans who support having an FIM Motocross Grand Prix in the USA and who, altogether, help us to succeed with this great event.”

Bud Feldkamp, president of Glen Helen Raceway, is also pleased with the event just days after it was revealed the circuit wouldn’t be holding a round of the AMA Nationals.

“I am very excited and enthusiastic to have this world class event at Glen Helen Raceway. It has been a life-long dream of mine and the staff to have this extraordinary World Championship event at Glen Helen,” he explained. “This will give motocross fans across the US an opportunity to see our top American riders compete against MX champions from around the world on US soil.

“Working with Mr. Giuseppe Luongo has been a pleasure and productive from the first moment we spoke. I am confident this is the launch of a long and beneficial relationship with FIM Motocross World Championships.

“What an opportunity to thank our fans and staff for their loyalty to motocross and Glen Helen throughout the years. The fans can be assured this event ‘Race of the Century’ will be spectacular and continue for many years to come. We look forward to seeing everyone Memorial Day Weekend at Glen Helen for a race you will always remember.”

Finally, FIM president Wolfgang Srb also voiced his satisfaction of the round in the U.S.

“This is the most exciting news for the Motocross fans all over the world and in particular in the USA,” Srb said. “A U.S GP adds additional quality to the FIM Motocross World Championship Calendar and is a win-win situation for all the parties involved. My sincere congratulations go to Youthstream and Glen Helen Raceway for having made this important agreement.”

With Glen Helen taking the place of the British Grand Prix at Chepstow, further information on the British GP’s future will be released soon.